Melissa O



About Me

Mother of three. Longtime lover of interesting names.

My Favorite Names
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November 22, 2015 03:18 PM
In Response to Wolfgang? Too bizarre?

My oldest nephew just started college, and they got to choose their own roommates. He, and the rest of my family, were excited that he decided to room with a kid named Wolfgang. We are a musical/artistic minded family, I will grant, but we all think it's a great name. Plus, it makes you gasp with excitement, which is a great quality in a name, so go for it! We gave my 8-week-old son another of Mozart's names, I'm a fan of them. :-)

I like pairing slightly more traditional middle names with obscure first names. I also always prefer honor names as middles when that is an option. Are there any family or other honor names that you're considering?

November 11, 2015 04:27 PM
In Response to Hester: disaster?

I was going to mention Owen Meany as well. My first thought when you mentioned 'that stupid novel' was Hester the Molester, then realized that you meant Hester Prynne. I think that the molester rhyme might find it's way to the teasing forefront even without knowledge of the book.


That is an amazing choice. Well done!

October 30, 2015 12:21 PM

Charlotte and Violet don't sound all that similar to me. I see no problem with sisters having those names.

My daughters do in fact have names that rhyme. It's absolutely not my preference, but they were the names we loved best, and we saw no reason to use a name that we didn't like as well for daughter #2 just to avoid similarity during the relatively few years that they will share a house. My second born's preschool teacher does sometimes accidently call her by her big sister's name, both out of habit from when my first was in preschool, and also in large part because they look so much alike. It's never bothered her, she just smiles and says No I'm Tirzah!!

To echo others, I'll agree that parents will call out the name of the wrong child regardless of the similarity or lack thereof. When I was little my parents would sometimes accidently yell out one of my big brother's name when calling me, and their names sound completely different than mine. Most often they would accidently call me by one of the cat's names - Pepper and Melissa sound nothing alike. :-)

October 6, 2015 01:27 PM

My husband recently 'broke' this news to his cousin's 21 year old son (who previously thought he was a Junior) at a recent family gathering. He wasn't actually upset, but was definitely surprised that the differing middle names meant that he's not a Jr., as his parents referred to him. He laughingly said "I don't even know who I am anymore!!". My husband tried to pin the bad news on me, as I'm the only reason that he's aware of the various 'rules' of naming. :-)

October 5, 2015 12:13 PM

Please please heed the warnings and advice of everyone here and be MUCH more careful about what you share on that site, and any other, in the future. I'm not on this site every day and don't read everything, yet from the few times I've checked in recently I know your first and last name, sibling's names, age... you clearly have no idea how dangerous that could be. I did about 5 minutes of googling just now while nursing my baby, and in fact it's quite easy to find where you live, pictures of you and your sisters, your parent's names. Please think about that. I'm a well-meaning stranger, mother to three, and not looking to find/hurt a young girl, rather I want to give you a serious warning about how vulnerable you've made yourself. Other people on the internet are not so well-meaning, and you really leave yourself wide open to something terrible happening. You're far too quick to befriend complete strangers online, and to give out personal information.


September 30, 2015 01:53 PM

Ha! I love your way with words... " like a small child who's high on helium" made me laugh out loud (quietly, so as to avoid waking my sweetly sleeping newborn!) :-)



September 29, 2015 03:42 PM
In Response to Too Many Names!

It's fine to like "too many names" when you're young and not actually naming a real person yet. It's fun to play around with different sounds and styles. Once you're older and have a baby on the way, it's a bit different - there will be another parent with possibly different tastes to take into consideration, maybe you'll have a different last name than you do now, maybe you'll have completely different taste in 10-15 years. The thought of actually bestowing a certain name to your child, one that they'll maybe have forever, one that you'll be yelling up the stairs and across the playground, one that they'll be putting on resumes and wedding invitations, feels very different than just toying around with theoretical names.

September 29, 2015 12:56 PM
In Response to Too many Os?

Thanks so much!


September 27, 2015 06:27 PM
In Response to Too many Os?

Lovely compliment, thanks lucubratrix!

September 27, 2015 06:26 PM
In Response to Too many Os?

Thank you!

September 27, 2015 02:36 PM
In Response to Too many Os?

A many many months later update - baby has arrived!!! Amadeo Richard is four days old (to the very minute, I notice as I glance at the time!), and completely adorable.

I didn't ever mention the actual name that we were thinking of using, but we did in fact go with the one that I was asking about, so many thanks for the reassurance that the O usage was okay. :-)


September 21, 2015 06:39 PM
In Response to Desmin

That particular actor is a Puerto Rican, Greek, Italian Chicagoan (self described "ethnically ambiguous :-) ). I was curious and looked up the name some time ago. I assumed that his name had origins related to his ethnic makeup, but like you haven't found much information to confirm or deny that.

September 21, 2015 12:53 PM

I know a couple of baby Penelopes called Pippa - would that be an option, since Philippa is a no-go?

And as I think about it I know a tiny baby full-name Pippa as well. But like you, I also prefer Pippa as nickname rather than full name. :-)

September 18, 2015 12:09 PM

I love school name lists! My preschooler's is:

Karter; Benjamin: Eli; Donal; Jackson; Tirzah (my daughter); Annalee; Una; Meghan; Piper; Angelo; Vincent; and Kelsey.

September 17, 2015 09:15 AM

Interesting, I certainly wouldn't think of Jacob and Lucas as "Southern names". I live in a major city in the North, and there are plenty of Jacobs and Lucases. They just sound Biblical to me.

With the criteria of sounding more Northern than Southern, I'd pick Elliot over Nolan as a first name. Nolan sounds like it could easily be matched with sibling names like Wyatt and Hunter (more Southern feel to me), whereas Elliot sounds more in line with names like Oliver and Milo (more of a Northern feel to me).

I'm not sure which name is actually more popular in the North vs. the South. I'm not sure if the numbers matter than much though, as I have no idea of the basis for the opinion that Jacob and Lucas are Southern sounding names.

September 16, 2015 05:53 PM

Congratulations on the new arrival!! Welcome Baby Josie.

August 29, 2015 11:25 AM
In Response to Lilyella

When I see "Lilyella" I assume it's supposed to be Lily Ella, but my brain automatically turns it into the contraction Lil'yella - either Little Yeller or Little Yellow, both of which are ridiculous. I would think that someone named Lilyella would have to be called Lil Yella sometimes, even in loving jest by a friend, if not full-on mockery. The spelling Liliella would avoid the obvious jump to Lil Yella, though Lily Ella (or Lili Ella) doesn't really sound that much different than Lil Yella. It might be one of those things that once you make the association, it's impossible to unsee it.

I much prefer the stand-alone Lily. It's a flower, it's a name, it doesn't lend itself to a goofy pronunciation.

August 25, 2015 05:22 PM
In Response to Is Tessa the new Maya?

I've known a couple of Tessas in my life, but I don't know any little girls named Tessa (and I have 6 and 3 year old daughters in various classes, and live in a huge major city... kind of weird that I haven't encountered a little Tessa yet!)

Tessa definitely doesn't strike me as "fairly uncommon", but it's way less common than Maya and Ava are right now. Tessa is slowly gaining in popularity, but I don't see it becoming as huge as Ava or Maya.

August 25, 2015 04:04 PM

We're pretty fearless with our name choices, but the one girl name that has always been on the list but never made the cut is Salome. If this baby (due in the next few weeks) were girl #3, rather than boy #1, I think we'd be tossing it around and trying to convince ourselves to go for it.